Hi, my name is Gail Schwab, and I like to tell you about my weight loss journey. After I had children, I decided to lose weight, and I did, but I was younger then, and I felt like it was easier. A couple of years ago, I had a hysterectomy, and the weight came quickly back on. Once the pandemic hit, I was done. I work as a 911 dispatcher and we do not get to move around much. All the extra hours did not help. As a result, I could not eat the healthiest as I would like to or get out to exercise. We would order quick and easy food, and I would love to drink soda. As the new weight kept coming on, my doctor advised me to try to get the weight off. It wasn’t like I wasn’t trying. I tried Weight Watchers, Noom, and counting calories. It wasn’t just the weight this time; I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, and fatty liver, and what scared me the most was that I was pre-diabetic.
Over the years, I have known several people who had bariatric surgery, and I knew I needed help, so I found Garden State Bariatrics. I remember going to my first appointment in April 2021. Leaving that appointment, I felt positive and hopeful, and they were going to help me save my life. I had my surgery in July of 2021, and I am down about 80 pounds. I have no more sleep apnea, hypertension, and I have normal cholesterol and am no longer pre-diabetic. I feel great and have so much more energy. I use this tool to keep on track and focus on an active and healthy life.